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lore question about templar, pally and crusader

i know that the pally and crusader belongs to the same order (zakarum or something like that), i want to know if the templar belong to that order too.

do they worship the light or some god in particular?
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Templar Order
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Edited by Enigma#1917 on 1/15/2014 10:40 AM PST
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Zakarum lore? Did someone call me by name? ;P

01/15/2014 10:30 AMPosted by acid8000
do they worship the light or some god in particular?


The Paladin, Templar, and Crusader are all from different branches of the Zakarum faith. The Zakarum itself is a series of teachings from Akarat, the founder of this religion. Very little is known of Akarat himself, as after he spread his teachings in Kehjistan, he ventured into the east and was never seen again. The worship comes from embodying a series of ideals rather than the belief in a centralized deity.

The Paladins serve as the militaristic branch of the Zakarum faith. It's important to note that this is an overarching group, and includes but is different from The Order of Paladins, where the Diablo 2 Paladin had his origins. This order broke away during the Zakarum Inquisition and later merged with the Knights of Westmarch. There are several orders of Paladins, so think of them as a very large organization, many with different goals or motivations, though all devoted to the Zakarum.

The Crusaders, at the time of General Rakkis' journey that ended in founding Westmarch, were created in secret and sent to the East, by a Zakarum cleric named Akkhan. He was growing concerned that there was a darkness creeping into his faith. The Crusaders still continue this mission, seeking a way to purge the evil that has tainted their faith.

The Templar are a different branch of the Zakarum founded in Westmarch, well after the city itself was founded. Very little is known about their ultimate goals or internal operations. If this is something you're interested in, I definitely recommend talking to Kormac. ;) His story will be explored a bit more in Reaper of Souls, as will the stories for the other followers and artisans.
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Zakarum lore? Did someone call me by name? ;P

do they worship the light or some god in particular?


The Paladin, Templar, and Crusader are all from different branches of the Zakarum faith. The Zakarum itself is a series of teachings from Akarat, the founder of this religion. Very little is known of Akarat himself, as after he spread his teachings in Kehjistan, he ventured into the east and was never seen again. The worship comes from embodying a series of ideals rather than the belief in a centralized deity.

The Paladins serve as the militaristic branch of the Zakarum faith. It's important to note that this is an overarching group, and includes but is different from The Order of Paladins, where the Diablo 2 Paladin had his origins. This order broke away during the Zakarum Inquisition and later merged with the Knights of Westmarch. There are several orders of Paladins, so think of them as a very large organization, many with different goals or motivations, though all devoted to the Zakarum.

The Crusaders, at the time of General Rakkis' journey that ended in [url="http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/11364551"]founding Westmarch[/url], were created in secret and sent to the East, by a Zakarum cleric named Akkhan. He was growing concerned that there was a darkness creeping into his faith. The Crusaders still continue this mission, seeking a way to purge the evil that has tainted their faith.

The Templar are a different branch of the Zakarum founded in Westmarch, well after the city itself was founded. Very little is known about their ultimate goals or internal operations. If this is something you're interested in, I definitely recommend talking to Kormac. ;) His story will be explored a bit more in Reaper of Souls, as will the stories for the other followers and artisans.


On top of that it is worth mentioning that it was Archangel Yaerius that revealed the tenets of Zakarum to Akarat. I don't know how much it is canon but you can read more here:

http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Yaerius

Could you verify this Nevalistis? Is Zakarum dedicated to the worship of Light and Angels?

I know that not much is revealed at the moment about the cosmology of Sanctuary but are there other realms apart from Human, Angel, Demon? Perhaps a paradise where the human souls go and an actual God resides?

Edit: Just read something interesting aswell, the tenants of Zakarum http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Zakarum

Tenants

Looking at available sources, Zakarum's tenants can be summized as such:

- Embrace the Light with total devotion.[1]
- Trust in the glory of the Light, for its authority supersedes all power in the mortal world.[9]
- Resist all things evil.[1]
- The Light exists in everyone, regardless of race, religion, or social status.[2]
- The souls of sinners are punished in Hell, while the souls of the faithful are rewarded in Heaven.

Is the underlined statement true?
Edited by Matius#2913 on 1/15/2014 11:28 AM PST
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@ Nevalistis: ty for the answer
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The Book of Tyrael explains where all the classes we see in game are associate with, the founding of WestMarch and all the Mage and Religious groups that have played a part in shaping Sanctuary's past and present.

Among other things the book also goes into some detail on what happens after the nephelam defeats Diablo. Tyrael's adjustments to being mortal, emotions, self doubt of fulfilling the mantle of the Aspect of Wisdom formerly held by Malthael.

It was a good read and had a lot of great info/drawings.

Looking forward to Storm of Light this February.
Edited by Enderz#1813 on 1/15/2014 2:03 PM PST
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Also:

Crusader: http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Crusader

Templar: http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Templar_Order

Paladin: http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Order_of_Paladins
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01/15/2014 11:10 AMPosted by Nevalistis
Zakarum lore? Did someone call me by name? ;P


You're awesome, thank you.

I bought the Book of Cain and Book of Tyrael.

They were both great reads and contained A LOT of information about Zakarum and its origins. Your post filled in some tiny little snippets that really gives you an idea of the evolution of the Zakarum Faith.

The Order of the Paladins and The Crusaders both seem to have sensed the taint taking over the religion and split off to find their own way and preserve the faith. Very cool stuff.

And yes, Kormac's story reveals an awful lot about the Templar Order. I am glad they are carrying on their stories in RoS and added some nice legendary relics for them.

I can't wait to try the Crusader in RoS!
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01/15/2014 11:24 AMPosted by Matius
Could you verify this Nevalistis? Is Zakarum dedicated to the worship of Light and Angels?


The original writings of the Zakarum are detailed in The Book of Cain, and it is described that Akarat received a revelation upon seeing a being he referred to as Yaerius, or "son of light" in his native language. There's contention on whether Yaerius was truly an archangel, or whether it was an echo of Uldyssian's sacrifice during the Sin War.

This spurred the thought that humans were powerful beings of Light, and Akarat set out to spread the word that this Light existed within each human.

It's not so much that Zakarum is the worship of angels and the Light specifically, so much as it is the ideal that this Light exists within each human and humans should seek to acknowledge their "inner light" in order to live good lives. The sight of what was interpreted as an angel spurred this belief, and the acknowledgement of Light as a concept is certainly important, but neither are really a central focal point for worship.

The Zakarum do, generally, look at angels as "the good guys," but that's more of a jump in logic than part of their beliefs. Demons are bad, angels fight demons, so therefore angels must be good.

Malthael, on the other hand, appears to be spending much of his time in Reaper of Souls involved in an extensive PR campaign to clear up some of this confusion about the relationship between man and angels, so we may see this change. ;)

01/15/2014 11:24 AMPosted by Matius
- The souls of sinners are punished in Hell, while the souls of the faithful are rewarded in Heaven.


This is more that this is a belief some denizens of Sanctuary have, and is not actually part of the Zakarum faith. Remember that the Burning Hells and High Heavens are literally physical locations in Sanctuary's universe. I'm note sure where this crept in as part of the tenants, short of being a misinterpretation from details in The Book of Cain or from taking the goal of the Sin War (to claim the hearts and souls of humankind) too literally.
Edited by Lylirra on 1/17/2014 12:04 PM PST
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I am ok seeing tons of paragraphs about lore although i'm not a big fan of lore.. Can you write 2 sentences about servers being shut down(beta/ptr) and reasoning behind it?
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Thanks for some more insight Nevalistis, this Yaerius might have actually been an Angel (apart from the obvious ending of the name) that just wanted to share what the Angels believe with humans. That's what would be fitting in my opinion. Not the Humans revering Light and Angels but Humans and Angels revering Light.
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I love this post.
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You also have to consider good and evil are subjective. Some of the demons were "good" and then you have the reaper and Izual who could be termed "evil" The angels do not represent good. They represent order, order by any means useually. Demons represent chaos, not evil. Yes, there is a difference.
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This spurred the thought that humans were powerful beings of Light, and Akarat set out to spread the word that this Light existed within each human.


For every light casts a deeper shadow. Are all nephalem doomed to mediocrity.
Edited by Gorvi#1740 on 1/20/2014 6:47 PM PST
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